Dear Nurse Beth,
As a new grad and second career RN, should I omit my master's degree in business from applications? I worry that it sends the message that I will move to administration when I have the chance and recruiters will not want to invest in me. (I have no interest in administration. I am 100% about bedside care.)
What about a non-nursing bachelor's degree? Is it irrelevant or a distraction?
Dear Concerned I’m Over Qualified,
You can omit or de-emphasize your master’s degree and other unrelated education from your resume, but be very careful on a job application.
The problem is that misrepresenting your credentials can be seen as lacking integrity. Job applications are signed documents attesting to the completeness and truthfulness of your responses.
It’s not necessarily a negative to hold a degree in other fields. Achieving degrees shows dedication and determination- qualities every employer looks for.
It shows who you are- a person who values higher education and professional development. Be transparent
You really have no way of knowing if the reader how the reader will respond, and you can’t control their reaction. Avoid dumbing down yourself down because they might think you are “over-qualified”.
At the same time, anticipate and address potential questions in the interview and even your cover letter.